Beat Allergies with an Ayurvedic Perspective

Beat Allergies with an Ayurvedic Perspective

Allergies are not fun to handle. They spell out discomfort for those of us who already suffer from allergies.
So, what are Allergies?
According to Ayurveda—an allergy is the result of an allergen- aggravating a specific Dosha: Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.
Ayurveda describes allergies according to dosha, depending on which one gets triggered in any given case. The pitta-predominant individual is likely to develop a pitta type of allergy, whereas a Kapha-predominant individual is likely to suffer from a Kapha type.
Let’s understand the three types of allergies identified in the Ancient Ayurvedic—

*Vata-Type Allergies
Vata types of allergies are commonly experienced in the digestive tract and include symptoms such as burping, gastrointestinal discomfort, gurgling intestines, abdominal pain, wheezing, headache, sneezing, sciatica, muscle spasms and other Vata-type discomforts.
Vata imbalances can cause food sensitivities to –raw foods, many beans (black beans, pinto beans etc.), and some animal protein, like pork.
–Balancing Vata
When Vata is aggravated, it is essential to slow down, keep warm, stay hydrated, and eat a Vata pacifying diet. Vata type of allergies often gets better with the intake of ginger or liquorice teas with an added drop of ghee. As the place of Vata is in the colon, one very effective therapy for balancing Vata-type allergies is a Dashamula tea enema.

*Pitta-Type Allergies
Pitta type of allergies usually occurs when the allergen comes in contact with the skin, slowly entering the blood. Pitta-type of allergies is often skin-based reactions such as itching, allergic dermatitis, eczema, rashes and may also involve bloodshot eyes. Pitta allergies can also cause heartburn, acid indigestion, stomach issues, nausea, or even vomiting.
Pitta can cause food sensitivities to hot spicy dishes, citrus fruits, tomatoes and fermented foods.
–Balancing Pitta
For Pitta type of allergies, it is advisable to eat a Pitta pacifying diet. Natural formulas that specifically support the blood can also be beneficial– a mixture of Manjistha and Neem. Mix one-part Manjistha with one-part Neem; take ½ teaspoon of the mix in warm water three times per day, after meals.

*Kapha Type Allergies
Kapha type allergies are most likely to be a cause of pollen-based allergens. The symptoms include irritation of the mucous membranes, hay fever, colds, congestion, sinus infection, bronchial congestion, asthma, and even sleeping disorders. Kapha can cause food sensitivities to dairy products like milk, yoghurt or cheese.
–Balancing Kapha
It is good to keep warm and dry, stay active, and eat a Kapha friendly diet. Clarifying teas such as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, etc., can help to eliminate excess Kapha. Using local honey as a sweetener helps to cleanse the system. Trikatu, in tablet form, can also be supportive. Besides, Punarnava very effectively clears excess Kapha from the chest and stomach, promoting proper fluid balance in the tissues.
Panchakarma is also a very effective means of clearing accumulated Kapha from the system.

Here are some useful ayurvedic approaches to help stop allergies—
* Use a Neti pot, with a weak saline solution and distilled water, to loosen up the heaviness of Kapha. This also helps remove allergens that may be sticking to the mucous membranes.
* Practice Nasya: Dab a little sesame oil with eucalyptus or camphor in each nostril about an hour after using the neti pot.
*Take Trikatu, a combination of black pepper, long pepper, and ginger, before meals to heat the Agni (digestive fire).
* Avoid cold foods and drinks, including dairy, wheat, meat and iced drinks, as they can slow down the digestion and dampen the Agni.
*Eat warm, light, natural, cooked foods that are easy to digest. Focus on fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. Cook vegetables with a little bit of ghee or olive oil to soothe the mucous membranes.
* Include ginger tea throughout the day, as it helps the digestive fire.
* Take Triphala tablets at night to help rid the body of excess toxins that can cause slow digestion. The Ayurvedic trio of Amalaki, Haritaki, and Bibtaki, derived from fruits, works to cleanse and strengthen the system.
* Exercise daily to help stimulate Agni and eliminate Ama.

At ‘The Madras Institute of Ayurveda, Chennai, treatments for various ailments are offered. This ancient system of medicine heals in a very natural and holistic way. Benefits of Ayurveda go way beyond just relief. Treatment type is customized and integrates the age-old traditions into a daily routine (Dinacharya) and seasonal routine (Ritucharya) to help cure and prevent recurrence of any illnesses.
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Treating Parkinson's Disease with Ayurveda

Treating Parkinson’s Disease with Ayurveda

The very name [Parkinson] makes you burst out in a cold sweat—something menacing and frightening about it, right?

So, what is Parkinson’s disease, and what makes it so terrifying? 

Parkinson’s Disease is a Motor System Disorder. It is a disease of the nervous system that mostly affects older people, which begins around the age of 50. It is a progressive disease which, in most cases, will gradually get worse.

 

Symptoms of Parkinson’s?

            *Restricted and slow movements 

             *Muscle stiffness all over the body and

            *Tremors 

Ayurvedic Insight of Parkinson’s Disease

According to Ancient Ayurveda, Parkinson’s is caused by a Vata ailment that is chronic, with the symptoms becoming worse each day. The Ayurvedic texts describe Parkinson’s as Kampavata – where Kampa means tremor, and Vata means metabolic disorder. According to Ayurveda, Vata governs the body movement, and Parkinson’s is the cause of an imbalance of the Vata Dosha. 

 

Treatment for Parkinson’s?

Some effective treatments can relieve the symptoms. Ancient Ayurveda has a more holistic approach, where it’s believed to cure the condition naturally. Ayurvedic approach is based on the fact that most of the problems arise due to imbalances in the ‘Tridosha’ [ Kapha, Vata, and Pitta].

Ayurvedic therapies help in controlling the symptoms to a great extent. 

  • Garlic, which is an excellent antioxidant, helps control oxidative damage to neurons. Garlic extracts are vital and beneficial in balancing the Vata components. Mix 5gm garlic paste, 5ml of gingelly oil, and a pinch of rock salt. Taken twice a day, this combination can effectively reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Make a decoction with 20ml each of Tinospora Cordifolia, Zingiber officinale and Boerrhvia diffusa that can be combined with 10ml castor oil and taken twice a day. The disturbances of Vayu [Air] in the Colo-rectal region can be treated with moist laxatives such as Triphala and Psyllium.
  • Mucuna Pruriens, when taken along with Neuroprotective herbs such as Ashwagandha and Haridra, can be used for treatment. 10gm of the Ayurvedic formulation made with “Ashwagandha and Mucuna Pruriens” must be taken with milk twice a day for a few weeks. Herbs, such as Brahmi and Jatamansi, can also be added to the formulation or used separately. They help in controlling secondary symptoms of the disease such as depression.

 

 Controlling Diet in Parkinson’s

 Patients should remember that they have to control their diet, to manage the disease better. Being healthy can help them cope with the disease and reduce the symptoms. Therefore—

*Include more fibre in your daily diet. Some of the foods with high fibre include peas and beans, whole grain bread, vegetables, cereals, rice, and fresh fruits.

*Say no to foods–that are high in cholesterol or saturated fat.

*Reduce the quantity of milk, curds, sugar and salt.

*Drink lots of water – at least eight glasses every day.

*Avoid alcohol totally, as it might interfere with the medications.

 

With all this said, we now need an expert to guide us through the process of treatment and care. At Madras Institute of Ayurveda, the centre for ayurvedic treatment in Chennai, quality care range from Panchakarma treatment to rejuvenation treatment. The facility provides a whole range of holistic ayurvedic therapies with the highest standards and finest traditions dating back to Vedic times. So, come and take full advantage of our offers or log on to our website at www.miayurveda.org for further information.

 

Outburst of Psoriasis

Preventing the Outburst of Psoriasis with the help of Ancient Ayurveda

 

Psoriasis is a non-infectious, inflammation of the skin. There is increased proliferation of the skin layers due to excessive division of the cell in the basal areas. There is frequently a Genetic Predisposition. 

 

Causes of Psoriasis- 

Psoriasis is the cause of the faulty balance of Vata and Kapha. [Two of the primary energies, that maintain our body’s equilibrium, according to ayurveda]. The build-up of mild poisons called Dooshi Vishas is the first change occurring in the body. Improper eating habits, consuming the wrong food combinations, excessive intake of yoghurt, seafood, sour foods, etc., can aggravate the pathogenesis. 

Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic and natural form of treatment. It is based on the fact that good health depends on a healthy body, Mind, and Spirit.

It relies on herbal remedies and living a healthy lifestyle, which include—

  • Exercises such as Yoga 
  • Ayurvedic therapies
  • Detoxification and most importantly –
  • A timely, healthy Diet

Ayurveda practitioners believe that every person has a well-defined energy pattern which includes three types of energies, called doshas. They are Vata [controls bodily functions], pitta [controls metabolic functions] and Kapha [controls growth in the body] energy. When these doshas go out of balance, you may feel over-stressed or fall sick. Therefore, Ayurvedic therapies aim to keep your doshas balanced for optimal health.

 

Treatments Include–

*Panchakarma therapy

The first medication used to correct psoriasis is Panchakarma therapy. This treatment involves plant-based medicines and dietary changes that are meant to detox and purify the body. A ‘Vegetarian Diet’ is often recommended.

The Panchakarma treatment includes—

  • Consuming medicated ghee, considering the dosha type
  • Covering the entire body in a paste of medicines and mud
  • Detoxifying by introducing purging [Virechana] and vomiting [Vamana]
  • Dripping medicated buttermilk on the forehead [Dhara] and 
  • Introducing medicated enemas [Basthies] 

The success of the treatment depends on the severity of psoriasis, and how committed one is, to the treatment.

The following Ayurvedic Remedies may also be used to treat psoriasis:

  • Onions and Garlic, to purify the blood
  • The paste of jasmine flower, to relieve itching and reduce inflammation
  • Guggul Vati or powder to reduce swelling and puffiness
  • Neem leaves to boost the immune system and purify the blood
  • Turmeric to reduce inflammation, redness and swelling

Psoriasis can be triggered by physical or emotional stress. Meditation and exercise can help reduce stress-related psoriasis flare-ups. Some herbal remedies can also help to reduce stress. For example, an Ayurvedic herb ‘Ashwagandha’ determined that the herb has anti-stress properties and is a very beneficial restorative tonic. Ashwagandha is also known as ‘The Indian Ginseng’. Ayurvedic treatments should always be taken under the direction of a trained practitioner.

 

Talking to your Ayurvedic Vaid [doctor]

If you suspect to have psoriasis, it’s essential to consult a medical doctor for a diagnosis first. The mind-body connection seems to play a role in overall wellness. Ayurvedic treatment that helps one person may not be of help to another. So, developing a plan that includes both mainstream and Ayurvedic medicine, can hopefully give the best of both worlds and satisfying results as well.

 

Visit our ayurvedic centre at ‘Madras Institute of Ayurveda’, Chennai for a wide range of treatment plans for various health issues. Madras Institute of Ayurveda offers dedicated services by trained therapists. Care begins with an accurate diagnosis, based on which the doctors create a customised treatment plan to correct the disease and not the symptoms alone.

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Treating Bronchial Asthma

Treating Bronchial Asthma with the Help of Ayurvedic Therapies

Asthma is a chronic disorder of the lung, caused due to inflammation in the airways, which become narrower and fill with mucus. It ultimately blocks the airflow, which then results in short gasping breaths, causing wheezing, coughing and tightness of the chest. Asthma can be triggered by allergic reactions to irritants like dust, smoke, fumes or chemical allergens like pollen and grass. The underlying cause of all asthmatic conditions is-‘Increased Kapha dosha in Stomach’. From there it progresses into the lungs, trachea and bronchi. ‘Kapha’ is one of the three energies or doshas (Vata, pitta and Kapha) responsible for balancing the overall health. 

 

Bronchial Asthma is one of the most’ Fatal Respiratory Diseases’. It’s called ‘Tamaka Shvasa‘ [difficulty in breathing]. The primary dosha associated with bronchial Asthma is the watery Kapha which leads to mucus formation. This accumulation leads to narrowing and obstruction of the arteries. As a result, there is an obstruction in the airflow of the lungs, causing ‘shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing’.

 

Let us understand the different types of Asthma based on the dominant doshic influence——–‘The Causes.’

 

Vata dosha:  This type of Asthma is caused due to physical or emotional stress. It could also be triggered by a diet that is dry and cold (qualities of Vata). It usually exhibits dry cough following an asthma attack, that could lead to drastic weight loss along with other symptoms of Vata deterioration. Vata Dosha is the most common type of dosha.

 

Kapha dosha. Consuming excessive cold and heavy foods or even overeating, can trigger this type. A wet cough will usually follow with an asthmatic episode. Mucus is cloudy in consistency and white. Those suffering from this type, may be overweight or show other signs of Kapha vitiation.

 

Pitta dosha: Pitta vitiation can be a combination of Vata or Kapha type asthma. It is usually caused by exposure to allergens or microbes. The bronchial passages get inflamed, and the cough produced has a yellow or green mucus. 

 

Ayurvedic Treatment— 

Here are some Ayurvedic remedies that can help in reducing the symptoms of Asthma and controlling the frequency of the attacks. The treatment aims to move the excess Kapha back to stomach and then eliminate it. The following methods are adopted—

  • Swedana [Sudation]
  • Vamana [Therapeutic emesis]
  • Virechana [Therapeutic purgation] 

The above therapies will be applied as per the need of individual patients. The practice of Pranayama, laxatives, light diet in the night and use of warm water add to the treatment of Asthma.

 

Ayurvedic treatments for asthma focus on eliminating the Kapha lodged in the lungs. Herbs like Vasa, Pushkarmula and Yastimadhu are all known to control the symptoms of asthma”.

 

 Pathya—Execute the following

  • Goduma (wheat), od rice, Mudga (green gram), Kulattha (Horse gram), Yava (barley), Patola (snake gourd)
  • Lukewarm water, goat milk, honey
  • Respiratory exercises, Pranayama, yoga
  • Use of Garlic, turmeric, ginger, black pepper

 

 

Apathya—Avoid the following

  • Exposure to Smoke, Dust and fumes and pollen
  • Exposure to cold & humid atmosphere
  • Sweets, cold water, stored food items, curd
  • Suppressing of natural urges
  • Excessive physical exertion
  • Cold foods, fried and heavy snacks, fish etc.

 

Come to our centre at ‘Madras Institute of Ayurveda’ [ MIA] Chennai, to learn more about the treatments offered for various health issues. With an ever-increasing awareness on Ayurveda, the quest is for proper treatment and facilities by qualified therapists. MIA aims at bringing natural ayurvedic medicine with all facilities to a more accessible location. Log onto www.miayurveda.org for any questions.

 

Treating Lumbar Spondylosis

Treating Lumbar Spondylosis with Ayurveda

Lumbar Spondylosis- is a degenerative condition, that affects the lower part of the spinal cord. In patients suffering from ‘lumbar Spondylosis’, the ‘Spine’ is compromised by narrowing the area between the vertebrae, causing a range of health issues, ranging from back pain to neurological problems. The condition can also cause local inflammatory changes which result in increased sensitivity of the nerves.

 

Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis——-

*low back pain or numbness, which may radiate down to the legs 

*Difficulty In movement

*Weakness in the leg muscles 

*Increase pain due to prolonged standing or travelling

 

What causes Lumbar Spondylosis? 

The most crucial factor for a degenerative condition to set in is-ageing. Lumbar Spondylosis in the younger age is usually associated with smoking, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, genetics and most importantly, stress. Spinal injury is another risk factor of Spondylosis. Injuries can cause intervertebral discs to herniate. Also, osteoarthritis is more likely to develop in injured joints.

 

Ayurvedic Management in Lumbar Spondylosis:

Tingling sensation, numbness, pain, stiffness of the spine etc. are the significant symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis which is mainly due to vitiated Vatha dosha. So, treatment helps to make the revoked ‘Vata dosha’, stable. 

 

The Ayurvedic therapy includes Panchakarma & Rejuvenation, internal medications, diet and lifestyle changes, including herbal medicines and therapies.

These ayurvedic therapies can help relax the muscles, relieve inflammation of the nerves and tissues, heal the damage caused to the nerves and strengthen the muscles.

 

Therapies such as Dhanyamladhara, Abhyanga Swedam, Elakizhi, Sarvangadhara, Vasti, Kati vasti, Navarakizhi are commonly incorporated, depending on the severity of the illness.

The most basic therapies are— Podikkizhi (herbal powder massage); Ilakkizhi (fresh herbal poultice massage) for relieving inflammation and relaxing the muscles; Kativasthi (applying medicated oil on the back); Tailadhara (Pouring of medicated oils all over the body) and Nhavarakkizhi (for healing and strengthening the muscles and nerves). Vasthi (Medicated Enemas) is another essential part of the treatment. 

 

Come visit our “Madras Institute of Ayurveda – the centre of Ayurvedic medicine and treatment in Chennai, where tradition meets modern techniques, ranging from Panchakarma treatment to rejuvenation treatment. The facility offers a wide range of ayurvedic treatments with the highest standards and great customs, dating back to the Vedic times. Care begins with an accurate diagnosis, based on which the doctors create a specific treatment plan, to treat the disease. Log on to www.miayurveda.org for any questions you may have. 

Varicose Veins –An Ayurvedic Perspective

Varicose Veins –An Ayurvedic Perspective

Finding the root cause of the issue is very important for an effective treatment plan. 

Let’s understand what Varicose Veins are—

 Varicose Veins –An Ayurvedic Perspective- It is a medical condition wherein the veins (mostly in the legs) become swollen, twisted and dilated [ the veins become varicosed]. Normally Venous blood flows in an upward direction from the feet to the heart and the valves present in the veins, assist the upward flow of the blood. Fatigue, long hours of standing, menopause and several other factors can weaken these valves. This disturbs the movement of the blood flow and leaks some of it flowing back down. The affected veins turn bluish-brown or blue. There is dryness, leading to unbearable itching. 

 

The ayurvedic approach, with its effectiveness and negligible or zero side effects, is the perfect treatment option. 

 

Treating Varicose Veins with the help of Ancient Ayurvedic Methodology–

According to Ayurvedic principles, an imbalance of the Vata [wind and space] along with Rakta (blood) and Pitta [heat]in the body, plays a vital role in Varicose Vein discomfort. So, restoring the Vata balance becomes an essential part of the treatment. The Vata balance can be easily corrected by following a healthy lifestyle and having an equally healthy and nutritious diet.

 

 Ayurveda Suggests the following—

 

  • Eat fresh fruits, whole grains (oats, millets, to name a few) and proteins (milk, eggs, fish and chicken) regularly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid red meat and spicy foods. 
  • Garlic, onion and ginger are very beneficial so consume them regularly
  • Citrus fruits like Amla work miraculously to revitalise the tired Varicose vein.
  • Do not indulge in vigorous exercise or walking. Don’t soak your feet in cold water after a workout, since it can prove to be detrimental to the Veins.
  • Do not compromise on your sleep. A rejuvenated body and a rested mind only can help in the healing process. 

 

Beneficial Ayurvedic Medications—

 

*Ayurvedic herbs for treating Varicose Veins

–Kaishora Guggulu: Is a natural blood cleanser. It’s the right choice for treating Varicose Veins. 

–Sarivadyasava:  This herb is useful in detoxifying the blood, naturally.

 –Chirabilvadi kashaya: It is beneficial in case of hemorrhoids. 

–Sahacharadi: It is an amazing herbal oil that provides great relief. Tender application of Sahacharadi over the varicose veins can work wonders. 

–Herbs like Ashwagandha, Shatavari and Brahmi restores the Vata balance. 

Ayurveda vouches for ‘Brahmi’ as the drug of choice for the treatment of’ Varicose Veins’.

 

Ayurveda’s definition of health is not the absence of disease; instead, it is the means to achieve a physical, mental and spiritual state of well-being.

With all this said about ‘Treating Varicose Veins’ it becomes essential to do it correctly, or else it does not provide the benefits. The Madras Institute of Ayurveda, Chennai, has facilities for consultation for different ailments and regular check-ups. It also provides an in-patient department with clear, well-furnished Panchakarma theatres and much more. Successful treatment programs for an entire range of diseases are rendered here. The centre is one of its kind. So, feel free to log onto www.miayurveda.org for any questions.

Treating Migraine

Treating Migraine with the help of Ancient Ayurveda

A migraine headache is characterised as one of the most common primary disorder, where a person experiences a throbbing sensation in the head on the unilateral sideIt is a complex Neurological Disorder. Getting rid of it permanently can be difficult with conventional medicines. Traditional therapies for Migraine are often associated with side effects, due to which patients are hesitant to take these medications and prefer complementary and alternative medicines like Ayurveda.

 Triggers of Migraine-

There is no specific cause and cure for Migraine.  Migraine pain can be triggered due to psychological stress, sleep deprivation, lack of physical exercise, fasting, and change in weather conditions. The frequency of migraine headaches vary between individuals, and the symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and visual disturbances. Weak digestion increases Ama in the body and prevents proper blood flow in the body and to the brain. 

 “World Health Organization has grades migraine as 6th among disability causing diseases”.

Ayurvedic Approach

Ayurveda and Yoga therapy are two ancient forms of medicine whose integration offers a comprehensive approach.

 Migraine treatment in Ayurveda is known as Ardhavabhedaka–The treatment involves removal of Kapha Dosha, which in turn helps to prevent the Pitta disorders. This is achieved through the administration of samshodhana (Panchakarma-Bio-purificatory techniques, kaya virechana (therapeutic purgation), Pathya ahara (wholesome regulated diet) and Vihara (healthy regulated lifestyle). All of this help to maintain a balance between all doshas.

 

Migraine Treatment in Ayurveda

 ‘Nasya karma” is indicated to uproot the deep-seated diseases of the head. 

Nasal Drops are known to be successful and are capable of breaking the Samprapti (Pathogenesis) of a Migraine. The drugs used are indicated for Urdhvajatrugata Vikara in classics. Amalaki due to its Sheetal [Cool] Potency lowers the aggravated Pitta. Yastimadhu removes excessive Kapha. Sunthi pacifies Vata and Kapha. Aritha is Urdhva shodhana in classics and can clear the blocked channels (Strotoshodhana). Management of Urdhvajatrugata Rogas (Diseases of the supraclavicular region), has a special place in Ayurveda. 

 

Managing Migraine

Ayurveda can bring a balance in life and treat the root cause of Migraine. Let’s see how-

*Proper Food Habits— Depending on the dosha (s) involved in the headache and the patient’s constitution, the patient must eat a diet that pacifies the aggravated dosha. Also, minimise or avoid Migraine triggering foods

* Following a Healthy lifestyle—Maintain a regular sleep pattern, reduce stress, exercise regularly, maintain proper eating habits and avoid migraine triggers, to reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

*Yoga

Yoga can help in preventing migraine headaches. It can also help with tension in the muscles of the neck, back, and head, which can contribute to problems. Yoga helps relax the muscles and the mind.

* Massage Therapy

Massage and stretching exercises can also help minimise the severity and frequency of migraine headaches. 

*Meditation—Reciting mantras and practising meditation can calm your mind and reduce stress. 

* Herbal oils—A mixture of essential oils can help to ease headaches. Peppermint oils and balm can help in Migraine.

* Aromatherapy—Essential oils can enter the body through the skin, nasal passages, bronchioles, lungs and gastrointestinal tract.

* Pranayama —Different breathing exercises have different effects on the body, mind and spirit. Breathing practices purify the Nadis. If the headache is due to Vata, one can benefit from alternate nostril breathing (Anuloma Viloma). If the trouble is due to Pitta, doing lunar and shitali pranayama can help. If Kapha dosha is the problem, then kapalabhati pranayama can be beneficial.

* Nose drops (Nasya)— About five drops of Brahmi ghee in each nostril can alleviate the pain of migraine headache. 

 

Nasya in Migraine:

“Nasya treatment in Ayurveda” refers to the installation of Herbal oils or juice through the nasal route. It works well in disorders of the ear, nose, head, and throat. Nasya is one among the Panchakarma therapy in Ayurveda.

Handling migraine pain can never be manageable. Home remedies for Migraine can help you cure naturally without visiting a doctor or a pharmacy.

 It is said that the administration of ginger tea can help reduce or stop uneasiness of Migraine pain and relieve the symptoms. Other remedies may include applying a hot or cold pack to ease the pressure on the scalp.

 

Conclusion

Temporary suppressing migraine pain with conventional medicines provides only short-term relief, and the pain can recur anytime. 

Ayurveda understands the root cause of the problem and provides a treatment that can heal you from inside. Ayurveda restores the Ojas, by removing harmful toxins from the body and strengthens the nerves through proper blood circulation. 

Many of these integrative therapies are useful but should be administered with the advice of the expert or Ayurveda Physician. So, let’s connect with “The Madras Institute of Ayurveda”, Chennai. This Institute offers Authentic Ayurvedic treatment from common to rare conditions. Log on to www.miayurveda.org to learn more.

Back Pain Issues

Back Pain Issues—Relieved with the Help of Ayurveda

Backpain, could either be of the joints or the muscles. It is a prevalent problem, that majority of people suffer from. This pain is seen in people who sit down regularly for more than 6-7 hours at a stretch [E.G. using computers]. Doctors have found that chronic pain is nowadays known more among the younger generation than in the older generation.  

Ayurveda is a class of medical treatments that has the answer for many diseases. It has some very effective treatment mechanisms. Let’s have a look at the ayurvedic treatment for back pain relief.

                                            Ayurvedic Acupuncture-

 Ayurvedic Acupuncture has recently obtained the attention of professional nurse and doctors and is a very ancient therapy. The pressure points of the human body are known as Marma Areas-in Ayurveda.  Ayurvedic Acupuncture is the application of touch therapy and Acupuncture to treat the joint pain without having any side effects. Therefore, it is wise to try Ayurvedic Acupuncture which has no harmful effects.

 

                                           Self Body Massage-Abhyanga

 Ayurvedic massage is called Snehana. Abhyanga, [self-massage] is a potent healing tool. Begin by applying warm, organic sesame oil to the entire body. Use Mahanarayana Oil on any painful or inflamed areas. This oil is made from a blend of sesame oil and a variety of herbs and is highly effective in soothing sore muscles.

After applying Mahanarayana oil, let it soak for at least a half an hour and then take a hot bath or shower. If you take a bath, add 1/3 cup of ginger powder and 1/3 cup of baking soda into the bathing water to further relax and detoxify your muscles.

If you cannot do Self Abhyanga, then visit the Ayurveda clinics where these massages are provided. If you discontinue the treatment process, you will not get the intended relief from pain. Follow the instructions correctly, so you don’t revisit the clinic, complaining about the back problems.

 

                              Modify your Diet and Lifestyle to Strengthen your Digestion

When you’re experiencing any health issues, ask yourself– how is my digestion? Gas and bloating can apply pressure to the spine, which in turn can cause backache. To enable your metabolism to strengthen and heal, drink ginger tea or a tea made with equal parts of cumin, coriander seeds and fennel seeds. Eat warm, lightly spiced, cooked foods. Avoid gassy foods like most beans and stop raw and cold food and drinks.       

                                             

                                                 

                                                          Yoga

 One needs to perform some mild asanas[exercise] to keep joints flexible. Your Vaid [Doctor] will recommend some functional knee exercises and asanas to fight back pain. Try following them, as per the frequency prescribed. Do the asanas in the morning and the evening. Keep in mind to do the asanas correctly. If you do it wrong, the muscles and ligaments can get hurt, and you will not gain the benefits of Ayurveda. 

                                               

                                                       Ayurveda medications- 

Natural herbs and spices, namely, turmeric, garlic, ashwagandha, fenugreek, ginger, and eucalyptus, are very helpful in pain management. The advice of a Professional Ayurveda Vaid, regarding the medicine type and the dosage needs to be followed with utmost care. 

 

                                                                  Inference

There are many Ayurvedic herbal treatments which are useful for relieving back pain. It is good to seek the advice of an Ayurvedic practitioner who can check the issues with your Doshas and recommend specific products with dosages. An Ayurvedic Vaid, can teach you to help improve your digestion, make you practice stress-reducing techniques and offer many therapies like abhyanga that can soothe back pain. Continue the asanas and follow a balanced diet. 

If you want a healthy and active life, even in your old age, then it is advisable to check out the ayurvedic treatment for chronic back pain. Taking Ayurvedic medicine under the instructions of an Experienced Ayurvedic Professional is advisable.

 

Always contact a reputed Ayurveda clinic or an ayurvedic Vaid, to know the right treatment and medicine for your problems. ‘The Madras Institute of Ayurveda’ Chennai is one such ayurvedic hospital where treatment for all ailments is available. Visit us online at www.miayurveda.org to learn more about any queries you may have.  

 

Ayurvedic Regimen for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ayurvedic Regimen for Rheumatoid Arthritis [Amavata]

“Rheumatoid Arthritis” is a chronic- disabling and progressive autoimmune disease that causes inflammation (swelling). There is severe pain in the joints, the tissue around the joints, joint deformities. Rheumatoid Arthritis has is called Amavata in Ayurveda, in which Vata and Ama afflict pain in the lining of the joints, which causes Shula (pain) & Shotha (swelling).

 

Treating Amavata –The Ayurvedic Way—

The treatment for ‘Amavata’ includes Shamana (conservative) and Shodhana (biological purification of the body) Chikitsa. Depending on the stages (acute/chronic) and the Doshas involved, many measures are advised. They are Langhana (a method of depletion of body tissues), Deepana (increase digestive fire), and Pachana (digestion of food) for accumulated Ama [ undigested material]. Snehapana (oleation), Swedana (therapy that uses herbal steam), Virechana (purgation) and Basti (enema therapy) for use in the elimination of Doshas from the body.

The medicines used in the management of Amavata should be Katu (pungent) Tikta (bitter) Rasa (taste); Ushna (hot in potency), Laghu (easily digestible) and Tikshna (property of penetrating through tissues).

 

*To-Do Ahara: [FOOD]

 

The critical ‘Pathya Ahara’ (strict diet) to be followed, includes-

Cereals: Dhanya –Purana/Shasti Shali (rice), and Yava (Barley).

Pulses: Chanaka (Bengalgram), Kalaya (Pisumsativum), Kulattha (horse gram), Kodrava.

Shaka (vegetables): Shigru (drumstick), Ardraka (ginger), Rasona (garlic), Karavellaka (bitter guard), Patola (pointed guard), Vastuka (ridged guard), Mulaka (radish)

Liquids: Boiled water, Panchakola Siddha Jala [herbal water]

Cow products: Takra (buttermilk).

 

 Not to Do—Apathya / Contraindicated foods

 

Food – Guru Ahara (heavy to digest), Dadhi (curd), fish, raw sugar, Masha (black gram), Kalushita Jala (contaminated water).

 

Vihara: Specific Pattern

 Divaswapna (Day sleeping), Ratri Jagarana (night awakening), Ajirnashana (eating without the feel of appetite), overeating, Vishamashana (eating at odd timings), physical exertion just after eating, exposure to cold, sedentary lifestyle etc. must be avoided.

 

Abhyanga–External oil application using

Visha Garbha Taila 

Pancha Guna Taila

Kottamchukadi Taila

Brihat Saindhavadi Taila

Karpooradi Taila, can be beneficial in arthritic pain.

 

Meet our Ayurvedic Vaidya at ‘The Madras Institute of Ayurveda’ Chennai [MIA], to learn more about how these treatments can be beneficial. This centre of Ayurvedic medicine and treatment in Chennai follows age-old traditional regimen with modern techniques, ranging from Panchakarma treatment to Rejuvenation therapy. It includes facilities for a whole range of quality treatments with the highest standards and finest traditions dating back to Vedic times. So, come to MIA, Chennai and get a full range of treatment options or log on to www.miayurveda.org for queries.

Managing Obesity

Managing Obesity with the Help of Ayurveda

‘Overweight, if left uncontrolled, can lead to Obesity’.

Known as Sthaulya or Medas (fat) in Ayurveda, obesity is not just a disease in itself but a “signal” for many other major illnesses. Adding extra pounds leads to overweight and obesity. Obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, cardio disorders, liver disorders, infertility, varicose vein etc. Therefore, controlling body weight is very crucial because, with the passing time, metabolism gets weaker, resulting in a rapid weight gain.

Let’s see how Ancient Ayurveda can help manage overweight and obesity.

Managing Obesity, ayurvedic obesity treatment programs are planned based on the body condition and body type (Vata, pitta, Kapha) of the patient. The patients need a holistic approach to reduce weight. Ayurvedic weight loss treatments facilitate quick results. Along with the Ayurveda weight reduction programs and Panchakarma treatment (five detoxification processes), yoga and meditation also help in the improvement of the overall physical, mental and emotional health of obese patients. Obesity is treated not just for weight loss or loss of centimeters but also for adjusting metabolic processes, by reducing Ama and the excess fat to regulate the function of Kapha without vitiating Vata.

There are many ways to lose excess weight

*Triphala, Brahmi and Garcinia Cambogia are some of the many medicinal plants that help in weight reduction. 

*Deep massage with herbal powder and herbal paste (Udwarthanam), synchronized massage with specific oils (Abhyanga), and herbal steam bath help move the accumulated fat; and designed diet and yoga programs prevent its accumulation, further. 

*Appropriate Panchakarma therapies are administered based on the requirement of the individual.

* Dhanurasana, bhujangasana, shalabasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, trikonasana and vakrasana are a few of the asanas or yoga postures for losing extra fat which will be more effective when practiced with pranayama and proper diet. 

*Regular exercise helps in maintaining good health. Practicing brisk walk for about half an hour in the morning helps burn excess fat. 

*Drinking a glass of lukewarm water with lime juice and honey everyday first thing in the morning, are added benefits. 

*Eating smaller meals, every three hours is beneficial. Increase the number of fruits and vegetables and include low-calorie foods. 

*Raw vegetable salad such as carrot, cucumber, cabbage, tomatoes and, fruits like papaya and pineapple are perfect since they are full of fiber and fill you up soon.  

*Avoid refined foods and fat-rich food including milk products such as paneer, cheese, butter. 

“A Natural way of weight loss is the best way to shed out the excess fat in the body”.

At ‘The Madras Institute of Ayurveda’ [MIA], the center for Ayurvedic medicine and treatment in Chennai, where age-old tradition meets modern techniques, procedures from Panchakarma to rejuvenation are all offered. This Institute provides facilities for a whole range of ‘quality ayurvedic treatments.’ It has a full-fledged out-patient department with facilities for consultation in different specialties.

So, let’s connect with MIA at www.miayurveda.org for any queries.